Restoring Backups

You can restore backups made in Plesk 12.5 or earlier versions of Plesk, but no earlier than Plesk 8.6.

To restore data from backup files, go to Websites & Domains > Backup Manager and in the list of backups click the creation date of the backup you want to restore. Note that the list can contain backups stored both in the Plesk's server storage and in the specified FTP storage - the backups in FTP storage have the corresponding icon in the System notes column. Specify the following parameters in the restoration wizard.

Data to Restore

Note: Starting from Plesk 12.0, you can select which objects to restore from a backup. You can restore a particular site, file, database, and so on. This helps you restore only what you need to restore, without overwriting other objects. For example, if you want to restore only a DNS zone of one domain, example.tld, there is no need to restore configurations of all other domains.
You can restore several objects of one type at the same time. Restoring objects of different types (for example, a mailbox and a database) requires two restoration sessions: one for a mailbox and one for a database.
The restoration of selected objects is possible only from backups created in Plesk 12.0 or later.

To restore all objects:

  1. Select the option All objects (entire system).
  2. If prompted, specify the types of data to restore, such as domain configurations, virtual host content, databases, or mail settings and accounts. For example, if you select mail settings, the mail settings of all domains will be restored.

To restore specific objects of a particular type, such as a mailbox or DNS zone of a domain:

  1. Select the option Selected objects.
  2. Select the type of object to restore. For example, Database.
  3. Select the subscription to which the object belongs in the Subscription box (applicable for all object types except for the Subscription). Click in the box to see the list of all subscriptions or type first letters of the subscription name, and Plesk will find matches. For example,
  4. Select one or more objects of the selected type. For example, wordpress_database_8.

Similarly, when restoring your account and websites at the Customer Panel > Account, you can select objects to restore in the same way as in the Backup Manager wizard.

You can restore the following types of objects from a backup:

  • Subscription
  • Site
  • DNS zone
  • Database
  • SSL certificate
  • Mailing list
  • Mail account
  • Files and directories

You can restore objects of the selected type belonging to only one subscription during one restoration session.

Note: When you restore an incremental backup, Plesk also restores the data from the preceding full backup and all subsequent incremental backups made before the selected incremental backup. To see the details, click the link in the Size column in the list of backups.

Restoration Options
  • Suspend domains until the restoration task is completed. Select this option if you want to avoid possible conflicts that may occur when users modify site content or settings while the sites are being restored.
  • When the restoration task is completed, send a notification email to. Type your email address if you want the control panel to notify you when restoring is completed.
  • Conflicts resolution policy. Specify what to do if any conflicts occur during restoration.
  • Backup security settings. If the backup was protected with a password, enter the password into the Password field. Note that Plesk is unable to check whether the password you enter is wrong: The backup will be successfully restored but the data will be corrupted.
    If you wish to reset user passwords, clear the Provide the passwords option.

If any errors or conflicts occur during restoration of data, the wizard will prompt you to select an appropriate resolution. Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the wizard.